Five Years Under The Swastika

Five Years Under The Swastika

by Frits Forrer
     
 

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At an Air Force Association dinner-meeting at MACDILL Air Force Base, I was asked to relate my experiences of the Allied bombing of the Netherlands during World War ll.
Though it was "horrendous" as far as the parents were concerned, we as kids thought it was an adventure. Having to get out of bed at night during air-raids and standing in the back yard watching

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At an Air Force Association dinner-meeting at MACDILL Air Force Base, I was asked to relate my experiences of the Allied bombing of the Netherlands during World War ll.
Though it was "horrendous" as far as the parents were concerned, we as kids thought it was an adventure. Having to get out of bed at night during air-raids and standing in the back yard watching searchlights catching bombers was fascinating. Seeing shot-up burning planes spiraling down may have been terrible for the aircrew, but to our young eyes it was a spectacular show. Watching fighter-bombers coming in low and strafing and bombing anything that moved was a real "trip" for us, even though some of the bombs and bullets came mighty close. Of course I related the gratitude of the Dutch people for all the heroic efforts by the Americans in their plight to liberate us and when I was finished I received an ovation and shouts like; "That was great! Why don’t you write a book about that?" Well, I finally did.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940011990724
Publisher:
Frits Forrer
Publication date:
01/06/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
445 KB

Meet the Author

Born in Belgium of Dutch parentage, Frits grew up along the German Border in Eastern Holland, enduring five years of German occupation and relentless bombing by the Allies.
This led to his first book, Five Years Under The Swastika.
At age twenty, the Royal Netherlands Air Force shipped him to the U.S. for training with the U.S.A.F., earning his wings in October of ’53. After completing ‘gunnery’ in Arizona, the young pilots returned to their home country flying the F-84 Thunderjet. Result; The Fun Of Flying.
Upon completion of his military duty, Frits came back to America, this time as an Immigrant. After twenty years in the New York Metropolitan Area, Frits and his young family, (one girl, one boy,) moved to Tampa, Florida, where he became a General Contractor, which was the basis for; Tampa Justice, No Money, No Justice.
He stayed active in the flying business, maintaining a Commercial and Instructors’ rating, flying with many Flying Clubs and the Civil Air Patrol.
On a trip to Arizona, he met his present wife Katy whom he married in 2000.
During Hurricane Ivan, they lost their home and most of their possessions and decided to spend the rest of their lives on a boat. They now live on a 51 foot Cruiser, where Frits hammers out his novels and they sing their hearts out with several choirs and entertainment groups. He visits his old Squadron and his many relatives in Holland on a yearly basis and lives a happy and active life, speaking, singing, boating and writing.

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